I kept myself busy working on my book and giving programs over zoom, conducting our weekly matajis' sanga and giving the morning class once a week. And in a bigger community, there are always some issues amongst devotees, and people come for guidance and advice.
Bhakta Tomi from Croatia put a nice video together as his Vyasa Puja offering - Maharaja liked it! Please check it out:
"The spiritual master is always prepared to impart knowledge to the disciple and specifically when the disciple is very inquisitive. inquisitiveness on the part of a disciple is greatly necessary for the progressive disciple. Maharaja Pariksit is a typical disciple because he is perfectly inquisitive. If one is not very inquisitive about self-realization, one need not approach a spiritual master simply to make a show of discipleship."
We may ask ourselves: Am I truly inquisitive - burning to find out how to reach Krishna in pure devotion? Or are we taking it as a social matter of being initiated and having received a spiritual name - simply making a show of discipleship?
In SB. 4.28.50, Srila Prabhupada gives another principle of true discipleship: to be willing to sacrifice one's very life for the satisfaction and pleasure of Guru:
"It is the duty of the disciples to take charge of the mission of the spiritual master and execute it properly. Otherwise the disciple should decide to die along with the spiritual master. In other words, to execute the will of the spiritual master, the disciple should be prepared to lay down his life and abandon all personal considerations."
When, oh when will we cultivate only one drop of this mood and spirit...?! Alas, we are so conditioned by our personal considerations and comforts...! They are our first priority, and only rarely do we deeply strive to sacrifice our personal interests....
Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja describes Guru in a nice way: "If Krishna's mercy assumes a body and appears before us, that is Sri Guru. He is called Krishna-kripa-sri-murti."
Further he states: "There are many who are sisya (disciple) in name only. One is a real sisya who gives opportunity to his guru to inflict punishment and discipline on him and who accepts the punishment and discipline gladly. Otherwise he is not a sisya at all. The true guru is he who engages his disciple and who inflicts discipline on them to help them give enjoyment to Krishna."
After all, the word disciple comes from discipline....
We live to be corrected - throughout our entire life....!
During the month of May we prepared for yet another highlight: Nrsimha Caturdasi.....
Your servant, Devaki dd